A bus driver who crashed his vehicle into a building after swerving to avoid another vehicle cutting in front of him is in serious condition, according to local police. Several other people suffered personal injury in the crash, which is being blamed upon the driver who allegedly cut him off. New York police are still investigating the accident.
According to the accident report, the bus driver was traveling in Queens along 63rd Avenue when another vehicle suddenly turned sharply in front of him. In order to avoid striking the car, the bus driver pulled hard to the right, striking the corner of a building. The force of the impact caused serious damage to the building and to the bus, which crumpled to the point where the driver needed to be extricated by emergency personnel.
Four passengers and an individual inside the building all suffered personal injury, but all are thankfully expected to recover. The bus driver is in considerably worse shape as of this writing, and a summons has been issued to the driver believed responsible for an illegal left-hand turn. The company that operates the bus has assured news outlets it is cooperating with the investigation and launching one of their own.
Several people were injured in this serious crash, and all of them are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries. In this case, New York state law allows those individuals to file personal injury lawsuits against the left-turning driver. The bus driver is likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and may also be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim for financial damages against the car driver. Seriously injured bus passengers may be able to pursue claims for monetary damages against the bus company and the car driver.
Source: NBC New York, “Bus Crashes Into Building in Queens, Driver Seriously Hurt“, Pei-Sze Cheng, Jonathan Dienst and Checkey Beckford, Aug. 24, 2015